Wednesday, November 13, 14:07h
Welcome back to my blog, thanks.
You might have noticed that my motorsport season has (almost) come to an end.
There is only one event left for me to go: The AKK gala in Vierumäki on 30.11.
At this annual after season event, the first three of every class and category will be honoured. A great possibility to meet friends, idols, teams and motorsport people, all nicely dressed. This time I have an invitation from Simo Tuunanen to be a member of the Tuunanen Racing Team. Delighted by this offer, I wanted to take pictures of him when he´ll get the trophy for his class win. But I respect his wish that I shall be a team member, not “at work”, just to have fun with friends after a long season. Friends come first and that´s why I denied even a request to take some official pictures for AKK.
I´m sure AKK respects my decision and won´t close the doors for possibly future jobs. We´ll see…
Apart from that, I try to make plans for next year. I have some ideas in which direction I want to go but on the other hand I want to stay spontaneous to see and grab new chances…
One of these new chances was offered by Sporttimobiili after the article about me in Iltalehti. They asked me to try “video blogging” or more modern “vblog”. It took a while to jump over my own shadow since I´m not used to be on the other side of the camera. But we all grow with the challenges and “to fail” means, we´ve tried at least.
One of Sporttimobiili´s plans for next year´s motorsport season is to support a few young and promising rally drivers with visibility. To cut a long story short: My task is to interview the chosen drivers in English, from a fan for fans.
I´m sure you know what I mean.
Yesterday afternoon was the day, my very first try as a video-reporter, interviewing the fastest girl in Finnish rally at the moment: Laura Suvanto.
During my trip from Jyväskylä to Sporttimobiili´s headquarter in Pasila (Helsinki), I had enough time to develop and refuse hundreds of ideas; with other words, I was damn nervous…
In Pasila, I met head of Sporttimobiili, Panu Mustonen, and producer Matti (Löde) Lötjönen. Immediately I jumped into their car and together we hit the road to Turku. The two hours ride to Laura´s meeting point didn´t calm my nervousitiy at all. Panu and Löde prepared themselves with reading my interview with Laura and meanwhile I got even more nervous…
Warmly welcomed by Laura and her parents, Löde immediately began to set up the interview location. Time for me to do what doesn´t make me nervous: taking pics.
Matti and Laura were sooooo professional, not really a big help to ease my nervousitiy.
Then it was my turn… Have I mentioned I was nervous?
Somehow I managed and survived. But will I get a second chance. Who knows?
The interview will be published soon on Sporttimobiili.fi. If you like, check the site the next days. Don´t do it for me but please do it for Laura.
A long day ended at 0:30h, after returning to Helsinki and driving home to Joensuu.
Conclusion: 1040km and 11 hours in a car to be 10 minutes in front of a video camera. But there is a much longer way to learn ahead of me…
Thanks to Sporttimobiili, Laura and her parents.
High octane greetings and uf Wiederluege!